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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 16, 2021

🏙️ TODAY IN DENVER

Early Tuesday morning, Arvada City Council rejected Amazon’s request to build a new delivery hub in a 5-2 vote.

After nearly eight hours of deliberation, the Council said no to what would have been a 112,000-square-foot delivery warehouse at the corner of Indiana Street and West 66th Place.

Much of the Council cited traffic as the main reason for their votes. Mayor Marc Williams and Mayor Pro Tem Dot Miller were the two dissenting votes, with Williams suggesting the issue could go to the ballot for the community decide. Not that the community was exactly open to the idea… Arvada residents have very publicly voiced concerns about the proposed Amazon facility for months, citing not only traffic as an issue, but noise and light pollution too.

Better luck elsewhere Amazon.
[Arvada Press; Denver Post]

🥵 Today will be hot. Very, very hot.

— Peyton Garcia, (@peytonmgarcia)

📰 IN OTHER NEWS

🚨 STEM shooting trial ends in guilty verdict
The 12-day murder trial for the 2019 STEM School shooting in Highlands Ranch wrapped up yesterday. Jurors declared the suspected shooter on trial guilty of first-degree murder. He faces a mandatory sentence of life in jail with no chance for parole. The shooter was also found guilty on 44 other charges. The 2019 attack left eight injured and 18-year-old Kendrick Castillo dead. [Douglas County News Press]

✈️ DIA CEO nominee entangled in L.A. investigation
Mayor Michael Hancock’s pick to run Denver International Airport, Phil Washington, caught media attention this week when the Los Angeles County D.A.’s office confirmed that the L.A. Metro, formerly headed by Washington, is currently under federal investigation. What exactly is being investigated is unclear, but the Denver mayor’s office has said they were aware of the situation even before nominating Washington and maintain full confidence in their decision. City Council is set to vote on Washington in July. [CO Politics]

🧑‍🍳 Three months more relief for CO restaurants and bars
On Monday, Gov. Polis extended an exemption for restaurants and bars from paying Colorado’s 2.9% sales tax through August. He also expanded this COVID relief effort to include caterers and food service contractors. [CO Newsline]

🪅 Casa Bonita is back! (Kinda)
It’s been a tough 15 months for Casa Bonita fans with the restaurant’s future in limbo, but there is light at the end of the tunnel — Casa Bonita has reopened! For free tours, that is. The kitchen isn’t doling out sopapillas just yet, but the restaurant’s owners have confirmed they’re aiming to be back in business by August. For now, they’re just hoping to get staff and patrons excited with some behind-the-scenes magic. [Westword]
👉 What you can do: Drop in for tours from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday or 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.


🌡️ How hot is it out there?
So hot that one road in Centennial buckled under the heat, causing temporary traffic detours. Colorado even earned its first-ever “excessive heat warning” on the Western Slope this week, with officials urging residents to stay hydrated and avoid going outside if possible. So, yeah. Really hot. [9News]

🎙 TODAY'S PODCAST

The Worst Week in Denver Sports History?
17 mins
It’s the week’s wins and fails. Fail: Denver sports. C’mon guys, what happened?? Win: Bobby Stuckey’s Sunday Vinyl. I tried the buzzy new fine dining spot, and I have thoughts.

🗓️ MARK YOUR CALENDAR

+ THURSDAY: An Evening of American Single Malt Whiskey
This Denver Whiskey Club tasting event will kick off with a cocktail hour and culminate in a panel discussion about the U.S. whiskey industry.

+ SATURDAY: Cooking Class with Chef Hosea Rosenberg
Try your hand at Chef Hosea’s bacon chocolate chip cookie recipe at this donation-based live cooking class. All proceeds will benefit the nonprofit Sophie’s Neighborhood. 

+ SATURDAY: Black Girl Magic Farmers Market
In honor of Juneteenth, the free pop-up market will spotlight small, Black-owned local businesses.

+ ALL WEEKEND: Glamp AF Summer Market
Update all your camping, hiking, biking equipment at this season’s first Glamp AF Summer Market at Dairy Block. 

🐐 MOMENT OF JOY
(Kathryn Scott/Denver Post/Getty Images)

Two hundred goats have been hard at work this week nomming noxious weeds and fertilizing the soil at Standley Lake Regional Park. Goats are often used for non-toxic weed control. They can stomach poisonous weeds that cows and horses can’t. Their hooves aerate the soil, and their, um, poo keeps the soil healthy. It’s a win-win for the goats and the land! (And me, ’cause, you know, goat photos.) 👏 [The Know]

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